On 6/25/20 6:48 PM, Adam Williamson wrote:
Nothing in vi's default view (if launched with a file, which is
happens in this case) tells you you need to press 'insert' in order to
actually edit anything. Nothing in vi's default view tells you you have
to type the entirely cryptic sequence ":wq" to save and exit (or gives
you any clue how to exit at all). Nothing in vi's default view even
*tells you that what you're looking at is a text editor called vi*.
vi's intro page tells you a lot of this stuff, but in this scenario you
don't *see* its intro page.
As much as I personally love using vim, I dread having someone
accidentally end up in it. And if I'm trying to help someone remotely,
there's no way I want that to happen. I always tell them to use nano
because they can figure out how to do simple editing in it. If someone
wants to do more advanced editing, then I will introduce them to vim.
At work we have these big vim keyboard charts on our walls.